Warrants: Man used stolen card to buy auto parts

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff writer

ROCKINGHAM — A Richmond County man is facing multiple counts of identity theft, in addition to charges in eight other counties.

Steven Wayne Crowley, 26, allegedly stole a credit card, or credit information, which he then used to make 19 purchases, totaling $13,442.55, from the Auto Zone and Advance Auto Parts locations on Broad Avenue in Rockingham, according to warrants for his arrest.

Crowley was arrested Nov. 15 and is charged with 19 felony counts of identity theft and obtaining property under false pretenses, as well as a misdemeanor charge of second-degree trespassing and a traffic infraction for driving while his license was revoked, according to court records.

He was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $100,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 30.

Online court records show Crowley also has pending charges of: felony habitual larceny and misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods in Lee County; misdemeanor larceny and second-degree trespassing in Moore and Anson counties; misdemeanor larceny in Stanly County; felony habitual larceny in both Wake and Cumberland counties, with an additional felony larceny in Cumberland County; first degree trespassing in Scotland County; and three counts of misdemeanor larceny in Harnett County.

Crowley is also being held for extradition as a fugitive from another state, but jail records do not specify what the charges are or where they are from.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Crowley served six months in prison for felony breaking and entering and larceny in October 2012. His release was revoked in November 2013 and he returned to prison and was to serve an additional nine months. During that sentence, he was convicted on one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of Schedule II controlled substance, two counts of misdemeanor larceny, and count of second-degree trespassing — each offenses that occurred in late 2013 — remaining in prison until February 2015.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


By Gavin Stone

Staff writer